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A GROUP of women have overcome potentially serious health conditions, after joining swimming sessions at Horncastle Pool & Fitness Suite.

Former tennis enthusiast Maureen Groombridge, 77, travels from her home in Woodhall Spa to take part in the pool’s Aqua Jog sessions.

She was forced to quit the tennis court when sciatica struck her –surgery had been an option to relieve the terrible pain in her lower back.

The pool sessions have transformed her life –keeping her supple and relieving the symptoms. “It is fantastic having this facility here –and let’s face it, if we don’t use it we will lose it,” said Maureen. Maureen was also diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and the doctor told her she would have to go on tablets, but she resisted ‐ instead losing a stone in weight, cutting out sugar and starting a regular pattern of exercise. “You just have to do it,” she said.

Rosemary Lether, 68, has been friends with Maureen for 50 years and she joins in the Aqua Jog, while Rosemary’s husband Henry, 72, spends time in Horncastle’s newly‐refurbished £130,000 fitness suite. “We love it here –it is so sociable,” she said.

Svitlana Pashkova, 51, came to settle in Spilsby from the Ukraine in 2016, after marrying a local man. Arriving from a city, she needed to find a pool in which to exercise –an accident had left her with an uncomfortable back injury and swimming offers relief. “It is great to come here, the people are so very friendly and it is really nice atmosphere.”

Carol Dunford, 65, from Horncastle was also struck with sciatica some 10 years ago now: “I bent down to pick up a Christmas present and that was it. But for a trapped nerve, you have to keep moving and the older you get, the more important that is too. I believe this facility is absolutely wonderful,” she said.

Pat Bowser, 77, lives just outside Horncastle. Before suffering a spinal injury she enjoyed walking and dancing. After having one disc in her back completely removed and five more trimmed she needed to begin an exercise programme to enable her to be mobile once again. “The staff here are so helpful and it is so very handy to come here,” she added.

For more information on Aqua Jog sessions at Horncastle Pool and Fitness Suite and applying for an MV to get discounts off activities click here.



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